Author Archives: Chad “Stick” Poindexter

About Chad “Stick” Poindexter

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.

Awesome Backpacking Related Projects on Kickstarter…

There are currently a few different backpacking related Kickstarter projects taking place at this very moment… Some are nearing their end, whereas some have just been made live this very afternoon. So, I wanted to take a minute and share … Continue reading

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3 Days @ Savage Gulf!

So, last Friday, around 1 am, I couldn’t take it any longer! I had been tossing and turning almost since I had laid down around 9:30 the night before… I had planned on getting a few hours of sleep, then … Continue reading

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Gear for a 3 Day Backpacking Trip

This weekend I will be heading out for another fun-filled adventure… so I figured I had better pack a bag before it’s too late… But, let me begin by saying that I have chosen not to reveal the location of … Continue reading

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First Look @ the Renovo Trio Water Filter

A couple of weeks ago, Bastian from RenovoWater contacted me via email and asked me if I would be interested in checking out one of their new water filters, the Renovo Trio. After reading through the information provided on the … Continue reading

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Overnight on the AT with the kiddo’s…

I had plans to do a loop in the Smokies this past weekend, but unfortunately, I had to back out of those plans just a few days before the hike. And even worse, I was already pumped up about getting … Continue reading

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Ruta Locura Carbon Fiber Lid

About a year ago, I finally decided to pull the trigger on a Ruta Locura carbon fiber lid… I had been eyeballing it for quite some time, but never felt that I had the right cook kit that I wanted … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ultralight Survival Kit, by Justin Lichter (AKA: Trauma)

Justin Lichter (AKA: Trauma) has hiked over 35,000 miles since 2002. Besides this, he also ski’s, rides mountain bikes, swims, snowshoes, and just about anything else that he can think up that involves being outdoors. And when he’s not out … Continue reading

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Vertex Ultralight Backpacking Stove

A few weeks ago, Kevin Bailey contacted me via email about his new Vertex Ultralight Backpacking Stove, which he has created and is currently trying to bring to the market via Kickstarter. After checking out his video and reading though some … Continue reading

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Rock Gap to Deep Gap: Post Hike Gear Talk…

Last weekend I did my first section hike of the year. A few of us met up and hiked SOBO on the AT from Rock Gap to Deep Gap (NC). At only around 25 miles total, it wasn’t really a … Continue reading

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First AT Section Hike of 2014: Rock Gap to Deep Gap

Last Thursday after getting off of work, I headed home and grabbed my pack and a few other things I had sitting by the door, and threw them in the car. After eating a little lunch, I topped off my … Continue reading

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Suunto Core, 1 Year Thoughts…

In December of 2012, I bit the bullet and picked up a new Suunto Core watch, which I found discounted on eBay, so I jumped on it. These watches retail for $300, and even with a discount (I paid $240 … Continue reading

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